Swollen bruised lips after augmentation. (photo)

My lips are really bruises and swollen after the lip augmentation and they are really big.. Is this normal.. Ive been applying hot pads on them. I thought that might make them smaller.. Would that work?

Doctor Answers 16

Bruising is a common side effect of dermal fillers.

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Thank you for your question. Dermal fillers in the lip area cause bruising more often than in other injection sites—based on 22 clinical studies of over 2,700 patients, 85% of lip filler patients bruise, while the bruising rate for all types of filler procedures is 67%. Juvéderm and Restylane package inserts report that 41% of lip filler patients experience moderate to severe bruising that impacts their daily routines. 

This isn’t the fault of your injector or their technique—the region is just more prone to bruising. Homeopathic remedies like arnica and bromelain, in topical or in gel form, are often recommended to help reduce bruising. If possible, try to keep exercise to a minimum for up to 48 hours after your procedure.


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Tips for reducing swelling and bruising after lip injection

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Your concern is understandable. However, swelling and bruising are common side effects after lip injections, especially within the first 24 to 48 hours, and they will subside. For the next time, knowing how to reduce bruising and swelling prior to your next injection may help avoid them altogether. You can minimize bruising by not consuming certain ingredients that cause bruising such as green tea, ginger, and over-the-counter supplements like Omega‑3 pills. I recommend icing the lips immediately after injections and repeated sessions of icing on the lips for the first 24 hours can help relieve symptoms quicker. Elevated sleeping the first night is also recommended to reduce any swelling in the face and lips. The lips take about 2 weeks to settle with the new product in them. Be patient with your results, because the rate at which people heal and recover varies. If you are still concerned, consult your physician.

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bruised lips after filler

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It is very common to bruise after your filler treatment. These will fade in about 1 to 2 weeks.Ask your doctor what they suggest. i like using Arnica pills and Arnika cream to speed up the resolution of the bruises.i also prefer cold ice packs after the treatment.hang in there....they will go away.

Esta Kronberg, MD
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Swelling and bruising after having injections in your lips is completely normal. Icing may help reduce the swelling and bruising, also taking arnica by mouth or applying the audited gel to the bruising may help. Your physician may also have a light to speed up the recovery process, I would give them a call to find out. Good luck!

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To answer your question, bruising and swelling are expected side effects after lip augmentation. I would actually be more concerned if there was no swelling after lip augmentation! Be reassured that the swelling will subside, though it can take up to two weeks for this to occur. Remnants of bruising can take a bit longer to subside, but this will be temporary as well. There is really not much that can be done to hasten this process, though many of my patients have reported success with Arnica. Hope this helps.

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